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Friday, November 14 • 12:15pm - 1:59pm
Under the Same Sun (75 min.) + Beirut in Two Words (29 min.) + Gaspé Copper (14 min.)

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Beirut in Two Words
(Germany) 29 min. (2014) Documentary Short
DIR Anne Chahine
The documentary aims to give one of the most diverse cities of the Middle East a voice of its own. Nine members of Beirutës music and art scene share their thoughts on living and working in a city where at times beauty and suspense go hand in hand.

Under the Same Sun

(Israel, Palestinian Territories, USA) 75 min. (2013) Fiction Full-length Feature
DIR Sameh Zoabi  CAST Ali Suliman,Yossi Marshek, Lucy Aharish, Dirar Suleiman, Levana Finkelstein
The film is set in the near future.  It is the highly dramatic story of two businessmen, Shaul Cohen, an Israeli, and Nizar Ahmad, a Palestinian.  They set out to make money and wind up making peace. They must deal with strong opposition to their working together and overcome the hostility from people around them as they work together to set up a solar energy company.  An Israeli journalist writes an article describing their venture and subsequently, Nizar becomes the subject of fierce attacks on Facebook and from his own family for promoting “normalization” with Israelis.  Fearing for his life, he cuts off contact with Shaul. Determined to continue, Shaul decides that he should go to Ramallah to see Nizar, even though Israeli Jews are legally forbidden to travel to Palestinian areas.  Shaul shows up at Nizar’s house.  Nizar is moved.  They reconcile.  But they recognize that their business will have little chance of success without peace.  They mount an appeal on Facebook that brings popular support to both their venture and to the peace negotiations, which have been in the background during the film.  Their Facebook campaign strikes a chord with millions of Israelis and Palestinians, and they register a huge number of “likes.”  Popular support for peace surges in both societies, and the politicians finally sign a treaty.

Gaspé Copper
(Canada) 14 min. (2013) Fiction Short
DIR Alexis Fortier Gauthier
Murdochville,1957. A family is forced to move, as the father, pained by a long miners' strike, finds a new job in the city.


Alexis Fortier Gauthier

Trained at UQÀM and INIS, Alexis Fortier Gauthier codirected in 2004, Sur le Quai de la Gare, a documentary shot in Vietnam. He went on to make the fiction short films After All (Genie award winner), Snowbound and recently, Gaspé Copper.Gaspé Copper (2013) Snowbound - Dans la neige... Read More →
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Anne Chahine

Anne Chahine has a background of media design and is currently taking her Master degree in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Free University in Berlin. When developing Beirut in two words, German film maker Anne Chahine had two main motivations in mind. Since being married to... Read More →
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Sameh Zoabi

Born in 1975 and raised in Iksal, near the city of Nazareth, Israel. In 1998 Zoabi graduated from Tel Aviv University with a double degree in Film Studies and English Literature. He was awarded a three-year merit scholarship to pursue a Master’s Degree at Columbia University. In... Read More →

Friday November 14, 2014 12:15pm - 1:59pm MST
Heritage Center C 105 N. 100 E., Cedar City, Ut 84720